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Avoiding red-light traffic accidents

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) is partnering with organizations and communities across the country to raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running during National Stop on Red Week.

Each day of the week is dedicated to different safety aspects, statistics and information, and warm messages from supporters. 

North Myrtle Beach Public Information Officer Pat Dowling says, "a way to avoid having an accident is to not take off too quickly when a red light turns green. Typically there are two or three cars who will continue to go through a light once it turns from green to red, they tend to take off immediately at the first sight of green."

According to NCSR,  data was collected from 2,665 red-light safety cameras across the United States to better understand red-light accident trends. This data found more than 3.7 million drivers ran a red-light in 2014.

Drivers frequently run more red-lights in the afternoon with 30% (1,108,125) of all red-light running violations in 2014 occurring between 1 p.m. -5 p.m.

Data also showed Fridays are the worst day for intersection safety in 2014. Safety cameras caught 596,518 total red-light running violations while Sunday saw the fewest violations, with 473,695 total.

Memorial Day weekend was the highest ranked holiday travel period, with 37,800.

For more information visit NCSR.

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